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Old 03-27-2007, 01:00 PM
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How Long Will a Ranger Last?

Hi! First time posting here. I've been reading and watching for a little while. I am looking at buying a Ford Ranger. I need one with an extended cab and want air. I would like a 4 cylinder and 2 wheel drive. Less is more. After that it doesn't matter.

About how long can you expect to drive one of these if you take care of it? I used to drive Mercedes-Benzs. You could expect with regular maintenance to get about 250,000 miles out of it and then you had to decide whether to rebuild the engine and transmission.

My last car was a Ford Escort Wagon. I paid $650 for it and drove it for seven years. I replaced the radiator, all rubber hoses, and changed all fluids regularly, etc.. All the things you need to do to keep it going. It's got 180,000 miles on it and the transmission let loose. I will not be repairing it. There are not too many escorts with 200,000 + miles on them.

I would like to pick up a Ranger with 100,000 + miles on it and drive it for the next seven years. Will these things do 200,000 +? 250,000 +? Is there a difference in longevity with the Mazdas?

Any comment or experience would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 03-27-2007, 01:13 PM
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Well, I can say that my truck is 14 years old, about to turn 200k miles, and still runs great! Little things go wrong here and there, but thats standard for an old vehicle. I have not had any major mechanical problems, etc. It always cranks up, and goes where I tell it to. Of course, I have the 4.0L V6... not sure how long the four-bangers last.

Another plus on these trucks - it seems that parts replacement and what-not is pretty cheap and easy. If something does break, you can usually fix it quick.
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Old 03-27-2007, 01:30 PM
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My brother's '87 Ranger is still going strong (the one in my sig) and I will be putting even more miles on it when I get it down here. I don't know how many miles are on it now though, so that doesn't help much.

My '76 F-250 has 290,000 miles on it, and it is running like a champ. Just drove 560 miles round trip to pick up a camper for it, and it ran fine. If you maintain it well, it should last the 250,000 miles you are looking for.
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Old 03-27-2007, 01:37 PM
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I have 153,000 on mine - engine doesn't smoke, transmission still shifts fine, no body rust and the paint is in decent shape. I've seen quite a few people here that have 200k to 400k on a 3.0L Vulcan V6.
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Old 03-27-2007, 02:02 PM
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You've got to expect normal wear and tear. That's one thing I did like about the Escort is that parts were cheap and available. Maybe not the fanciest thing on the road, but I started it every time I wanted to. Brakes, exhaust, tires, interior parts, even minor suspension can all be replaced. It's the drive train that needs to keep running.

Sounds like the v6's run well. We'll wait on the verdict for the 4 bangers.

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Old 03-27-2007, 02:18 PM
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My 1994 has 120k miles and is worthless. I changed the trans, overhauled diffs and driveshafts, whole cooling system, lately spring hangers have disintegrated. The spindles are worn out and no wheel bearing will solve the wobble ... I always wonder what's next.
But the engine runs strong.

I have to say I got this truck used (with 100k on the clock), and it was beat up. Spent most of its life sitting on the driveway ... and breaking down when I used it.

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Mine has never left anyone stranded, except the time a wheel fell (previous owner) off due to mechanic error (turns out you're supposed to TIGHTEN the lug nuts...). Transmission input shaft bearing started rattling at around 220k miles, so I swapped that out then. Beyond that, there really haven't been any repairs to the vehicle that I'd consider anything more than ordinary maintenance.

I won't say you can't go wrong with a 4-cylinder Ranger, but if you find one that hasn't been beat to heck for it's whole life, you probably won't. It's a great truck, and I'd buy another one in a heartbeat.

EDIT: Check out the pics in my gallery, all those pictures were taken well past 200k, and the truck has never been garaged for it's whole New England life. Frame's got some surface rust, plus a few spots just starting around the doors. The only place there's anything approaching rot is the radiator support panel.
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iirc, you can't get a 4 cyl w/ ext cab - maybe years ago but not for some time. I think all the ext cabs are 6 cylinders.
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iirc, you can't get a 4 cyl w/ ext cab - maybe years ago but not for some time. I think all the ext cabs are 6 cylinders.
you can find them, but it isn't easy at least around here. took me 3 months of looking to find a decent x-cab 2.3

oops i guess '97 is 'years ago' lol but its 'late model' for me!
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my '88 was a supercab 2.3 4 cyl. had 98,000 on i when i got it, 203,000 when i traded it. was a very reliable truck, great on fuel. my '93 4.0 hasnt been nearly as trouble-free. the '88 was a 2wd and the '93 is a 4x. both are 5 spd std. both had 3.73 gearing. dont know much about the newer 4 cyl motors but the 3.0 and 4.0 are good V6's the 3.0 makes its power higher in the rpm band , so you have to wind the squirrels out of it. the 4.0 has a much wider powerband and doesnt have much fuel economy difference from the 3.0 theres no diference with the mazda name, its still the same ford product under the sheetmetal. id stay away from the auto trans though, have heard plenty of problems with them. for the most part if the machine has been maintained, and you continue to do the same. you can expect it to go the distance.
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It will last a life time if you want it to, I'm sure you'll get tired of it long before it wears out. It's a tried and true design thats been around along time. One guy on here had over 300,000 miles on his 4 cylinder 5-speed ranger, it said it still runs well, just didn't climb the hills like it once did. You won't go wrong with a ranger if you want a truck that will last a long time.
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It's all in the pm's. Take care of it and it will take care of you. I'm hoping to get 20-25 years out of my current Ranger. I'm going to run all synthetics, few extra filters - coolant and power steering - , and a very liberal oci of all fluids.

You can get a XL supercab 2.3 in the new ones. The duratec based engines have been around since the 2.5L contour and most duratecs in general isn't known to have problems. I'd the body would wear out before the engine.
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They are the best small truck on the market, and the track record on the Ranger speaks for itself.
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You can't go wrong with these trucks. I have an 03 XLT 4X4 4.0L with a stick. At 70,000 miles, he is still just a baby. Nicknamed The Mighty Ranger, I use him to tow (insert FMC disclaimer here) my 2800 lb race car on a 2000 lb trailer and he does it with ease. My drag racing friends have no qualms borrowing my rig for their race cars and my truck has often been called upon for assistance.
Having a 2 drag racer household and needing a second tow vehicle, I bought an 07 F-150 and gave it to my fiance to drive (the F-150 was his choice) and kept my bad a$$ little truck for myself.
The Ranger has something like a 95% owner loyalty rate. That's amazing for a vehicle and I totally believe it.
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